1.7 miles
547 ft
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Candy Mountain Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    , Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #60856 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #16950 in E-Biking
    • #3890 in Trail Running
    • #31392 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner

Often ridden as part of Badger Mountain, parking and restrooms for Candy Mountain is located at its trail head. The trail is mostly gravel until the top-most section where the ground is becomes hard or rocky.

The trail summits Candy Mountain, and has a set of benches, historical information and local sponsor information at the summit.

The trail starts out easy, gaining only 60 feet in the first half mile. It leaves the parking lot on a converted road, crosses a private road twice, and then skirts it again before entering into the preserve proper. Here it wanders past some boulders as it crosses and then follows the ridge top with views to the north. At a half mile the trail transitions to a steady 10% grade to the summit. Just after the first access road crossing is a boulder that marks the maximum elevation of Lake Lewis, the temporary lake created during the Ice Age Flood, see iafi.org for more information. The rest of the boulders along the trail were removed during construction.

The trail ends at the summit. The five acres of the summit is private land the owners are kindly letting the public use. Please do not disturb their antenna facility. You need to reverse your course to return to the parking lot.

The trail is wide and surfaced with gravel. Please stay on the trail and do not cut the curves. The trail is popular with hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, but there is ample room to allow passing without leaving the trail.

Flora & Fauna: The wildlife and plants on Candy Mountain are very similar to those found Badger Mountain. Birds you might see include kestrels, nightjars, magpies, chukkars, quail, and horned larks. Other animals are bull snakes, ground squirrels, coyote, lizards, and beetles. Plants include Piper’s Daisy, Balsam Root, Giant and Purple Sage, Rabbit Brush, Winterfat, Yellow Bells (fritillaria), Biscuitroot (lomatia), penstemon, lupine, buckwheats, phlox, and numerous others.

Do not harass wildlife – including rattlesnakes
Leave no trace behind. Please take out what you take in.
No open fires
Watch out for rattlesnakes
All other County Park Rules apply
Stay on graveled trails
Be careful not to damage flora, fauna, or landscape
Respect other trail users
Respect private property
Dogs are allowed on all trails but are to be on leash

Access Info

Candy Mountain Preserve Trailhead is located at 71004 E 669 PR NE, Richland, WA 99352

From I-82, take the Dallas Road Exit northbound, headed toward West Richland. After you go underneath I-182 you’ll see a sign on your right for the Candy Mountain Preserve. Turn left when you see the sign and drive up the private road. You’ll see a sign on your right directing you into the parking lot.

From Richland/West Richland, drive down Keene headed westbound until you reach the Bombing Range Road traffic circle. Take the exit toward the mountain. Proceed up the road until until just prior to I-182 and watch for the Candy Mountain Preserve sign on your left. Turn right when you see the sign and drive up the private road. You’ll see a sign on your right directing you into the parking lot.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Candy Mountain multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    547 ft
  • Altitude min
    835 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,383 ft
  • Altitude start
    835 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,381 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    105 ft
  • Distance flat
    955 ft
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on Dec 10, 2022
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      Candy Mountain Trail Reports

      Dec 10, 2022 @ 8:10am
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      Feb 3, 2022
      a few spots where the trail is soft and *just* short of being mud
      Jul 23, 2021 @ 10:04am
      Jul 23, 2021
      good but dry
      Mar 1, 2021 @ 3:18pm
      Mar 1, 2021
      All clear; dry and good to go.
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